How To Grow Leeks at Home Organically
Did you know that leeks are known to be one of the most expensive vegetables?
Do you call them leeks, green onions, or scallions?
Whether you call them leeks, green onions, or scallions, most likely you’ve been adding them to your salad these days. Leeks are one of the most expensive vegetables you can purchase from the grocery store.
While buying small amounts may not have your grocery budget sky rocketing, you can save a lot more money by growing them from home. Today, we are sharing about how to grow leeks from home.
When To Plant Leeks
Depending on when your first frost date is, right now may be the perfect time to plant leeks. Leeks are similar to onions, but they don’t have a bulb. Onions, like leeks, prefer cooler weather making fall a great time to plant in many places in the United States. According to Better Homes and Gardens, make sure to plant the leeks 5 weeks before the frost, but as you will see below, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a different idea.
How to Plant and Care for Leeks
- It is recommend by The Old Farmer’s Almanac to start the leeks in indoor flats about 12 weeks before the first.
- Start by digging a ditch that is a foot deep and a foot wide. Plant the seedlings into hole that are surrounded by 5-inches of compost. Keep the seedlings about 6 inches apart.
- Continue to add more and more soil to the leeks while allowing for the tips to remain open to the elements.
- When the leeks are about 8 inches tall, it’s time to cut them down and transplant them to your garden. Make sure to only cut the leeks down about 3 inches.
- Again, surround the leeks with mounds of soil and compost.
- You don’t have to wait too long to harvest the leeks, but you can wait until the first frost.
What Do You Think?
What is your favorite way to cook or eat leeks?